I have met people who both have expressed their appreciation or otherwise for General Santos City. Being from Manila/Luzon, one question that people always ask me is if I like living here. I have always answered yes. If I have to choose between living here or in Manila, I would choose to live here.
I know some people who would rather stay in Manila or elsewhere because of the seeming lack of bright future in the quick five years for Gensan. They say that businesses would not really thrive well here unless it’s for the masa. Others miss the other conveniences that Gensan does not have yet. Others simply don’t feel at home here.
If you ask me why I choose to live here, I would say that Gensan is a great place to raise a family. I have found a good school in Shalom Crest Wizard Academy for my kids and I have heard of other good schools too. Let’s not talk about college though because, right now, I honestly don’t plan to send my daughters to college in the city universities even. I do pray our”powers” can enable us to send them to good schools in the future. One more thing is that cost of living is so affordable here. When my former employees ask my opinion when they get job offers in Manila, I ask them how much are they going to get and then I tell them if it’s enough to have a comfortable life in Manila. We have fresh fruits, fish and vegetables in the city at great prices. The pork that goes to Manila comes from Gensan so shouldn’t we be proud?
Yes, there are a couple of things in the convenience and luxury category that the city still doesn’t have. But as it is, we have an expansive choice of restaurants, spa, salon, shops, malls and the like to really have a comfortable life. Things are a lot different when I got here five years ago and believe me, things are still getting better, faster.
What do I dislike about the city? Tricycle and motorcycle drivers who don’t know how to drive properly (why do we even give them their freakin’ license?) and lack of transportation after 8pm. I have a couple more but some are private matters for the concerned people alone.
How about you? Do you like living in Gensan?